Adolescent Care

Oct 1, 2011 Issue
Abuse of Over-the-Counter Medications Among Teenagers and Young Adults [Editorials]

In recent years, recognition of over-the-counter (OTC) medication abuse by patients—especially teenagers and young adults—has increased.1 Abuse is defined as the use of a drug to experience psychoactive effects instead of for its medical indication. OTC medications are easily abused because they are...

Mar 15, 2011 Issue
Improving the Delivery of Preventive Services to Children [Editorials]

How should a busy family physician approach well-child visits and the delivery of preventive services to children? Although there is a lack of robust patient-oriented evidence that addresses this question, several interventions improve the delivery of preventive services to children.

Mar 1, 2011 Issue
Self-Injurious Behavior in an Adolescent [Curbside Consultation]

The behavior of this patient is nonsuicidal self-injury, defined as the intended destruction of body tissue without suicidal intent. Nonsuicidal self-injury is a common biopsychosocial disorder observed in adolescents.

Jul 15, 2010 Issue
Screening and Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening adolescents (12 to 18 years of age) for major depressive disorder (MDD) when systems are in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, psychotherapy (i.e., cognitive behavioral or interpersonal), and follow-up.

Jul 15, 2010 Issue
Screening and Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder in Children and Adolescents [Putting Prevention into Practice]

Case study: A woman brings her two children, a 14-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl, to your office for a routine checkup. She tells you that her husband has major depression, and she wants to know whether her children should be checked for early signs of depression.

Feb 15, 2010 Issue
Adolescent Dating Violence [Editorials]

Feb 1, 2008 Issue
Adolescent Substance Use and Abuse: Recognition and Management [Article]

Screening for substance use is recommended for all adolescents. If screening is positive, physicians can conduct an in-depth evaluation or refer the patient to a subspecialist. Treatment involves multiple therapeutic components for the abuse and its comorbid disorders. Ongoing lethality assessment is essential.

Jun 15, 2007 Issue
Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Children [Practice Guidelines]

A growing body of literature points to the significance of premature cardiovascular disease in certain childhood diagnoses and emphasizes the importance of risk reduction by disease stratification.

Jun 15, 2007 Issue
Ophthalmologic Examinations in Children with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis [Practice Guidelines]

Guidelines on the use and frequency of ophthalmologic examinations in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis are available from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Feb 15, 2007 Issue
CDC Releases Data on HIV-Related Risk Behaviors in U.S. HIgh School Students [Practice Guidelines]

U.S. high school students who use illicit injection drugs or have unprotected sexual intercourse are at higher risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released data on HIV-related risk behaviors in these students.

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